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Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is set to hold what could be his largest rally yet Friday in Mobile, Alabama.

His campaign has pegged the expected attendance at the event at 42,000 after moving the Friday night "pep rally" from the city's Civic Center - which seats about 4,000 - to the 43,000-seat Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

A crowd meeting the campaign's expectations would make up more than one-fifth of the entire population of Mobile. And it would be larger than the biggest rally at this point in the 2008 presidential cycle, when then-candidate Barack Obama won headlines for attracting enormous crowds. (In December 2007, he was joined by 30,000 spectators in Columbia, SC, the campaign's biggest event to date at the time.)

Trump has been drawing large crowds during stops in key primary states like New Hampshire, animating conservative voters who admire Trump's brand of brash, often personal politics and his draconian proposals to upend the nation's immigration policy.

"The more he speaks on issues — and he's an unfiltered candidate when he speaks — the more he does seem to resonate with folks," said Terry Lathan, the chairwoman of the Alabama Republican Party. "People like straight talkers and he seems to be doing that."

Last weekend, Trump unveiled an immigration blueprint that included the construction of a continuous border wall, the deportation of the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants and the ending of birthright citizenship for children born on U.S. soil to parents in the country illegally.

Alabama, which will hold its presidential primary along with a slate of other southern states on March 1, 2016, could be particularly fertile ground for Trump's message.

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is set to hold what could be his largest rally yet Friday in Mobile, Alabama.

His campaign has pegged the expected attendance at the event at 42,000 after moving the Friday night "pep rally" from the city's Civic Center - which seats about 4,000 - to the 43,000-seat Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

A crowd meeting the campaign's expectations would make up more than one-fifth of the entire population of Mobile. And it would be larger than the biggest rally at this point in the 2008 presidential cycle, when then-candidate Barack Obama won headlines for attracting enormous crowds. (In December 2007, he was joined by 30,000 spectators in Columbia, SC, the campaign's biggest event to date at the time.)

Trump has been drawing large crowds during stops in key primary states like New Hampshire, animating conservative voters who admire Trump's brand of brash, often personal politics and his draconian proposals to upend the nation's immigration policy.

"The more he speaks on issues — and he's an unfiltered candidate when he speaks — the more he does seem to resonate with folks," said Terry Lathan, the chairwoman of the Alabama Republican Party. "People like straight talkers and he seems to be doing that."

Last weekend, Trump unveiled an immigration blueprint that included the construction of a continuous border wall, the deportation of the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants and the ending of birthright citizenship for children born on U.S. soil to parents in the country illegally.

Alabama, which will hold its presidential primary along with a slate of other southern states on March 1, 2016, could be particularly fertile ground for Trump's message.

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